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NASA Successfully Fires Voyager 1 Thrusters after 37 Years

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft -- cruising interstellar space billions of miles from Earth -- was back on the right track Friday thanks to thrusters that were fired up for the first time in 37 years.

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Artist Donates Feces to Gut-Busting Research

Faeces appears to be as unique as fingerprints, according to New Zealand research released Sunday which could impact on the growing push towards personalized medicine and tailored treatments.

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Jonathan, St. Helena's Ancient Tortoise, Awaits Visitors

He is a tourist attraction worth travelling a long way to see -- Jonathan the giant tortoise is perhaps the world's oldest land animal, living in pampered luxury on the remote British island of St. Helena.

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Pickled in 'Cognac', Chopin's Heart Gives Up Its Secrets

The heart of Frederic Chopin, among the world's most cherished musical virtuosos, may finally have given up the cause of his untimely death.

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New Planet Could Support Life, Says European Observatory

A new extrasolar system planet can be added to a handful of fellow exoplanets which could theoretically support life, the European Southern Observatory said Wednesday.

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Orbital ATK Launches Eighth Cargo Mission to Space

An unmanned cargo ship packed with 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station blasted off Sunday from Wallops Island, Virginia.

Orbital ATK's barrel-shaped Cygnus cargo ship launched atop an Antares rocket at 7:19 am (1219 GMT), a day after a last-second delay due to an unexpected aircraft in the area.

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Scientists Discover Hidden Chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid

Scientists have found a hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza, the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and one likely to spark a new surge of interest in the pharaohs.

In an article published in the journal Nature on Thursday, an international team said the 30-meter (yard) void deep within the pyramid is situated above the structure's Grand Gallery, and has a similar cross-section. The purpose of the chamber is unclear, and it's not yet known whether it was built with a function in mind.

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Mice, Fish and Flies: The Animals Still Being Sent Into Space

Sixty years after Laika the dog became the first living creature to go into orbit, animals are still being sent into space -- though these days much smaller creatures are going up.

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Scientists Mine 'Star Scar' to Unlock Space Secrets

Since early September, the denizens of this normally hushed burg in central France have been serenaded by an industrial drill poking holes around town and pulling up cylinders of rock.

That's because Rochechouart, population 3,800, and its medieval castle are built on top of an astrobleme. 

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'Surprised' Astronomers Say Monster Planet Found Orbiting Dwarf Star

A "monster" planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a faint dwarf star far, far away, surprised astronomers said Tuesday.

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